I have been using online sticky notes (padlet & linoit) for a long time. I first came across with them two years ago when I was asked to post a message on a PLN member’s birthday wall. Then, they turned out to be such useful tools that I felt tempted to write a post on them.
What is padlet? What is linoit?
Linoit and padlet are tools enabling users to create walls and post sticky notes on other people’s walls. It is possible to change privacy settings of the posts and edit the posts made by your students.
How can they be used?
All you need to do is to sign up for an account. You can also connect your facebook or gmail accounts with it but I do not advise doing it because of security reasons.
Here are the steps to use it after signing up for an account:
1- Create a board.
2-Right click on the board and give your instruction.
3-Give the link to the board and share it with your students (or with the people you would like to collaborate with) .
4- After they write a response, if there are any grammatical or lexical errors, correct them. (You can do it with students in class as well.)
5-If you have a class blog or a wiki, get the embed code and embed your padlet board on it. If you are using a course management system like moodle or blackboard, share the link of the board there.
How I have used them
As I mentioned previously, I have used online sticky notes with students having different proficiency levels. So far, I and my students have used it for three main purposes:
1-Vocabulary Revision: I created boards for each unit we covered in the coursebook and assigned them to groups of students. They edited the boards with their group members and wrote detailed descriptions for the new words. They also added different sections like collocations, example sentences, and synonyms and antonyms. Some of them added photos. Here are some examples :
2-Pre/Post Reading or Listening Activities: Before or after a reading or a listening activity, I asked the students a question related to the unit. They posted individual sticky notes answering the question posted. Then I shared the wall on twitter using a relevant hashtag (#). Then, people following the hashtag I used on twitter also wrote their ideas on the wall. This really motivated my students and exposed them to the views of other people. Here are some examples: